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COBA Professor George Avellano retires after 13 years of accomplished service at UTPA
Posted: 07/22/2009
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After a 40-year career as an academic, 13 at The University of Texas-Pan American, Dr. George Avellano, professor of marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business of the College of Business Administration is retiring effective August 31, 2009.

Dr. George Avellano (left), professor of marketing and former associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, is pictured with Dr. Teofilo Ozuna, dean of the UTPA College of Business Administration, at a July 9 reception honoring Avellano prior to his Aug. 31 retirement after 13 years of service at the University.
At UTPA, Avellano leaves behind an outstanding record of accomplishment serving in a number of different roles at the University. As associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Graduate Programs from 1996-2006, Avellano established the Office and School of Graduate Studies, created the Office of Faculty Research and oversaw the proposal review and budget development for 20 new degree programs. These programs included master's degrees in accounting, chemistry, computer science, nursing, music, social work; master's of fine arts in art and creative writing; UTPA's doctorate in education; and the initial development stages of UTPA's doctorate in rehabilitation services. Other programs still in the development stage initiated under his watch are doctorates in engineering and psychology.

While serving as associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies, Avellano was also appointed interim dean of two colleges - College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and College of Business Administration - and filled that role for 20 months in each.

Avellano was an active member of professional academic organizations serving as president of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, a national organization of 200 graduate schools throughout the South and Southwest and was a member of the Board of the National Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C. He was also elected as vice president and ultimately president of the Texas Association of Graduate Schools.

Avellano earned his Ph.D. in marketing, education and educational philosophy in 1975 from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to coming to UTPA, he was a faculty member and an administrator at the University of Central Oklahoma from 1970-1996.

Dean of the College of Business Administration Dr. Teofilo Ozuna said Avellano has been a wonderful addition to UTPA's college of business.

"We'll miss him as an instructor and for the years of administrative expertise and advice he's provided this college over the years," Ozuna said.

In a recent interview, Avellano said he felt his most significant accomplishment at UTPA was the contribution he made toward the expansion of degree programs on campus. These degrees, he said, "have given UTPA students the opportunity to realize their educational and career goals."

"Working with students in the graduate office and in the classroom has been my joy," he said. "My hope for the future of UTPA is that this great university continues to forge the frontiers of knowledge and provide our students with the opportunities to realize their dreams."